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Animal Rescued From Labs Become Magic Models In Alice - In - Wonderland Photoshoot

  1. Giuseppe Rossi was rescued by the Italian charity together with dozens of other mice after their lab finished testing. If La Collina dei Conigli had not saved them, they would have been put to sleep.
  2. Indiana Jane is so tiny that she fell off a truck full of rabbits destined for the meat market. We guess that her mother and siblings were on that truck too.
  3. This little mouse was destined to become snake food.

  4. Guinea pigs are ready to play.

  5. Pet rabbit Nilo was found abandoned, with rear legs paralyzed. Luckily, appropriate care and rehabilitation allowed him to stand and jump again.

  6. Nissa the pet rabbit was rescued from a bad case of mistreatment. She was safe when she gave birth to mini-me Matteo.

  7. Console Marcello is a New Zealand rabbit used in lab testing, as you can guess from the number tattooed on his ear. He’s still looking for a lovely home.

  8. Her Majesty Neda. She was adopted right after the photo-shoot.

  9. Guinea Pigs are great models – just give them food, and everything will be alright.

  10. Who will paint roses for the Queen?

Mice were the most cooperative models, while guinea pigs were the laziest (they stayed still only with food present). Rats were the most attractive, and rabbits… were the most disapproving. Some of the pictures were used in the charity’s 2015 calendar, which helps raise funds for hundreds and hundreds of rescued animal.

Many of them are still looking for their new homes, so if you live in Italy, you can adopt one.


1. Christian FORCED Anastasia to sign a very extensive contract that included limits, safe words, birth control plans, and a full physical.

2. At first Christian didn’t even want to make her his submissive cause she was a virgin but SHE WANTED TO DO IT.


Dispelling the Myths about Home Birth

Either through volunteering the information, or in an effort to learn more about the choices of my friends, clients, and strangers alike, I hear many of the same reasonings for why they choose to deliver in the hospital rather than at home. 

Many of these “issues” are based on common misperceptions, cultural bias, fear, or just misunderstandings. For every woman, the choice of where to deliver their baby is a deeply personal one and any and every option should be honored as valid. 

The longer I’ve been working as a doula, however, the more I’ve come to realize just how important it is to speak with my clients about the realities of choosing one care provider over another and one place of delivery over another. I don’t want my clients to have false expectations or be blind sided by anything that could come up in pregnancy and birth. One way I am able to do that is by dispelling some of the common myths about home birth and home birth midwives to make that more of an understood and trusted option, whether they choose it or not is irrelevant. 

For mamas who may be on the fence about the decision in particular, I hope this article serves as a jumping off point to even just an interview with a home birth midwife to see if that option is right for you. 

1. Home birth midwives are less trained/skilled than doctors. 

 I am a student midwife as well as a doula. I can tell you first hand that the difference in training between the two professions is monumental and trying to navigate the complex and intense amount of schooling that it takes to be a certified midwife is daunting. At the outset, I’m looking at a minimum of three years of additional schooling added to my five years of birth experience, my undergraduate degree, my apprenticeship, the NARM exam, clinical experience requirements, and postpartum care background. Most midwives take longer than three years to obtain enough training and schooling that they feel ready to practice independently. 

One important difference between midwifery training and medical obstetrical training is that midwifes are trained in how to support and protect a mother in normal births where obstetricians are trained in dealing with pathology including surgical interventions. Despite the U.S. cesarean surgery rate being above 30%, evidence from around the world and throughout recent history suggests that 95% of births could be done safely and without issue at home under midwife supervision. The reason for our poor maternal and infant outcomes and the rising rate of injury and death in birth is not because of lack of medical training or medical options, but rather the opposite. A return to viewing birth as a normal process of reproductive health under the midwifery model of care would do more to bring our national intervention and mortality rates down to be in line with the other industrialized countries in the world. 

2. Home birth is messy. 

 Birth is not any more messy in one place than the other, and in truth, it’s not all so terribly messy at all. A quick peak at some home birth videos on YouTube will give you a better understanding of the mess and fuss associated with the birthing process. At any rate, the mess that’s created is not left as is for you to deal with. Home birth midwives and especially doulas at home births are in charge in part in tidying the space so you can focus on healing and taking care of your baby in those first crucial days. If you have a birthing tub, it is drained and disassembled by your midwife or doula team. You are not likely to get blood stains on your carpet, as midwives place the same sterile pads around you to catch the flow and effluvium of birth as they do in the hospital. Part of your birth kit is the plastic sheeting that is placed on your bed in case you deliver there. You are told to buy or collect older sheets and towels to place in your room so that you are not dirtying your regular nice linens. Typically, the midwives or doulas will throw those in the laundry before leaving, or during their first few days visitations. 

3. Home birth midwives are not prepared for the “what ifs." 

 The role of a home birth midwife is not simply to sit there and watch as you labor and then leave. Again, this is in part an issue of misunderstanding the years of school and training midwives go through. First of all, there is an intensive screening process you would go through with a home birth midwife to make sure delivering at home was a safe option for you in this particular pregnancy. Midwives do not work with women who have severe complications in pregnancy as those women and babies are who would actually greatly benefit from the training of OBs in pathology and surgery. 

Every home birth I’ve attended has had two midwives present with two or more medical bags packed full to the brim with tools, medicines, herbs, consulting manuals, etc. Midwives have oxygen tanks, syringes, drugs and herbs for hemorrhage, oral resuscitation equipment, sterile gloves, suturing materials, stethoscopes, and in some cases (depending on the regulations put forth by the state) IV equipment and fluids/antibiotics. Not only do they carry those things with them, they are trained in how to appropriately use them. In many cases, when the dreaded "what ifs” do come to fruition, they also call a paramedic team to arrive just in case a transfer is necessary. They are well versed in when those rare instances do arise and how to handle them. I have seen several “what if” scenarios while attending home births and have never witnessed a death or major instance of morbidity in mom or baby due to midwife unpreparedness or poor care. 

That’s a lot more than I can say for the several hospital births where mama or baby suffered damages due to poor care, over use of interventions, or neglect. Those cases of transfer or interventions done at home where done appropriately and for the benefit of mother and baby and with mother’s consent. Few were relatively simple “fixes,” others were transfer for the reasons of necessary intervention. None resulted in surgical intervention or baby being on the brink of injury or death. 

4. I would consider a home birth, but not with my first child. 

 It’s your first baby and you don’t really know what to expect. You have never experienced the sensations of transition or felt the urge to push before. You have certain conceptions about your pain tolerance and fear you won’t make it without drugs. Your partner has never had to go through this and is nervous about the prospect of all the “what ifs.” You are afraid that with longer births, there are more things that can go wrong. These are all entirely valid concerns, and trust me, you are not alone in feeling them. 

On the flip side, it’s worth noting a few reasons why having your first baby out of hospital is good for subsequent births. In the American medical system, what is proscribed as “long” labor is a) typically well within the range of normal for first time births, and b) subsequently treated as medical emergency. First births are often a good deal longer than other births because your body needs longer to open and prepare for delivery. When working with home birth midwives, the idea of Friedman’s Curve (one centimeter an hour dilation) is not automatically instilled. You are given more space and time to allow your body to work with baby to open and move baby down into more optimal positions for a safe delivery. On this line of reasoning, you can apply this fundamental difference in approach to first time births and the special circumstances around them to most of the standards in midwifery vs. obstetrical practice. 

In many situations, the outcomes of your first birth determine your treatment in subsequent pregnancies. If you had a cesarean, in most hospitals across the country, you are not going to be “allowed” to attempt a vaginal delivery with your 2nd, 3rd…births, despite the increasing evidence suggesting VBACs are safer than repeat cesareans for many women. You may be similarly pigeon holed by your care providers for having an induction, having a somewhat large baby, showing signs of preeclampsia and/or gestational diabetes, not gaining enough weight or too much weight, etc., even if your next pregnancies move forward very differently than your first. If the medical staff is not doing this, you might go ahead and do this to yourself. 

I hear so often, “what would have happened if I wasn’t in the hospital!?!?” from second time mothers, despite the fact that the issues that came up in their births were often the result of having interventions in the first place and not anything to do with the natural course or safety of their birth as it were. We have a 1 in 3 cesarean rate in this country and you are, after all, taking that risk the second you step foot in the hospital and most of the time even prior to that. Sadly, evidence suggests that it has little to do with the mother’s overall health, the status of the baby’s health in delivery, evidence, or issues that arise in labor. Instead, the studies are showing it has more to do with hospital policy, insurance, and care provider preference. When you choose to have your first baby in the hospital, you are choosing to accept this on some level and putting yourself at risk for a disempowerment that can last through every other pregnancy and birth. 

5. We have a very small home. 

Oh yeah? Smaller than a birth hut in the jungle? Smaller even than the room in the hospital? Smaller than a narrow 3 story home in Holland (the mecca of home birth)? Our grandmother’s mostly gave birth sharing a room with several other women at a time so you know… It’s not the end of the world to have a birth in a small space. What we are told about birth throughout our lives has a tremendous impact on how we view this event. For most American women, birth is still seen as a risky process that involves the medical training of a surgeon. 

The myths that are spread just add insult to the injuries of misinformation about what to expect from labor and your attendants. It comes back to even little things like continuing to say that doctors “deliver” babies when it is the mother who delivers the baby and the doctor or midwife who “catches,” if they do anything at all. 

For many women, the benefits of going to the hospital will still outweigh the risks. They will have to come prepared to fight for what they think is best for them and baby in most situations, and will not always be successful. It is a tough market out there for caring and appropriate practices in birth, sadly. Home births need to be addressed honestly and directly, including the risks and how to still stay informed about how to choose a quality midwife, if we are going to improve birth outcomes in the United States. 

We need to work to dispel the myths of the witchy “lay” midwife and all the evil pitfalls of home birth so that women can make clear and informed decisions about what is safest for them.

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The “rare” part refers to giving folks ready access to the contraception that best suits their needs so they don’t need the procedure in the first place. Abortion should be less common, but not because of restricted access. It’s not meant to imply one should just suck it up and have the kid.

In theory, this is what some people mean when they say they want abortion to be rare. But in reality, when your expressed  goal is “making abortion rare” instead of “increasing education on all forms of birth control” or “increasing access to all forms of birth control,” your motives are not benefiting the people who are getting pregnant. 

The goal should not be to make abortion “less common,” The goal should be to make abortion “as common as necessary.” That goal focuses on access. That goal takes into account that education and access to birth control aren’t perfect.  That goal accounts for changing circumstances, both personal and social. 

When you say you want to make abortion rare, what you’re really talking about is less people having less access to the procedure. Less available abortion does not benefit pregnant people. 

But if you said you wanted to make unintended pregnancies rare, that’s a goal that focuses on education and access to birth control, benefits everyone who could become pregnant., and reduces the chances that someone would need an abortion. 


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Can I use the birth control shot long term?

Someone asked us:

Hi guys, I’ve been on Depo for probably around 4 years now. I was wondering if I should I switch to something else? I’ve heard that being on Depo too long can be harmful and I want to be as safe as possible.

Depo (AKA the birth control shot) is a very safe, effective method of birth control, and if it works for you, it’s okay to be on it long term.

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-Chelsea @ Planned Parenthood

Traditionally, birth has been a very private affair in which only the most intimate of a woman’s relations would attend the laboring woman. Grandmothers, aunts and wise women of the village whom the woman most trusted were the ones to be called. In today’s society, women have been taught to place their trust in the medical model of childbirth and in medical professionals rather than in persons with whom they are most familiar. They are taught to accept the place of birth that the medical professional chooses (because it is the medical professional’s “safe place”?). For many women this is a difficult and sometimes impossible transition, one which so impacts the sense of the familiar that patterns of labor are changed and the sensation of birth pain intensified.

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From Not Among Strangers by Valerie El Halta, CPM. This article first appeared in Midwifery Today Issue 50, Summer 1999.

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IUD earrings won by Colorado politicians are made by Etsy seller Virginia Smith.

What’s one of the “most visible political symbols this legislative session” in Colorado? Not American flag lapel pins or pink ribbons, but jewelry in the shape of IUDs. Safe, effective, long-term birth control is so hot right now.

Colorado legislators are wearing IUD earrings and pins to show their support for a statewide family planning program that has covered the cost of contraceptives. IUDs are a super-reliable form of birth control: they can last up to 10 years and don’t require daily action like taking a pill. Just this week, the FDA approved a new IUD for American markets that it’s hoped will be cheaper than current options. But right now when women pay for them out of pocket, IUDs and the doctor’s visit for the insertion can cost up to $1,000. For the past five years, the private-and-publicly funded Colorado Family Planning Initiative has covered the entire cost of IUDs and birth control implants for Colorado residents. The results are staggering: more than 30,000 people have signed up for long-term birth control and the teen birth rate has dropped 40 percent. Rates of abortion among teens have also dropped 35 percent.

Now, legislators are debating a bill that would continue the work of the Family Planning Initiative, directing $5 million in state general funds to cover the cost of long-term contraception. That’s where the IUD jewelry comes into play: lawmakers want to show they’re excited about the plan. IUDs have a troubled history in the United States and though their popularity is growing—about 6.4 percent of women ages 15-44 rely on them—many people still aren’t familiar with the contraceptive.

Keep reading about Colorado lawmakers’ support for IUDs at

Add’s Story: Edward #1

Inside a quiet room, a man sat at a messy desk filled with books and piles of paper scattered about and kept stamping his feet impatiently. It was way past midnight but the news he was waiting for hadn’t arrived yet.

Man grabbed his head tightly as he picked up a paper that was in front of him and started read its contents rapidly. He already had its contents completely memorized because he read it over dozens of times but he had to do something to hide his restlessness.

Butler: Sir Asker, the letter has arrived.

Butler’s voice was heard from outside the door. A sound of baby’s cry was also heard at the same moment.

Maid: Sir Asker, Mistress just finished giving birth safely!

The maid with her face completely covered in sweat seemed to have ran here hastily because she barely managed to finish her words then tried to catch her breath for a long time. Asker didn’t even give gaze to the maid and grabbed the letter the butler was holding instead. He violently ripped the envelope open.

Maid: Sir Asker…. Mistress is very worn out….. you should go to her…

Maid asked Asker carefully but Asker’s attention was solely focused on the contents of the letter. Asker stood for a long time reading the letter then frowned as he tore the letter into shreds and sprayed them all over the ground.

Asker: Burn them all up.

Asker entered his room while closing the door strongly then staggered as he went to sit on the chair.

Asker: (Nasod Ruler….. they found us in the end.)

Nasod Ruler was name of an anti-Nasod organization that specialized in destroying Nasods. They used knowledge about Nasods of the past Nasod War as a basis to research most effective ways to destroy Nasods. They had proven themselves to be tremendously successful.

It was said that almost all of them disappeared after the war, but their knowledge was stored somewhere and was being preserved. Some survivors rebuilt the organization and were now destroying Nasods that still existed or raided people that researched Nasods and destroyed their research datas.

On the opposite side, Grenore family that Asker was from had been researching for a way to make Nasods that were close to humans as possible. It was a research that was considered forbidden so everything was carried out in secret. This was why Asker built their mansion deep inside a forest located at North West of Velder with low traffic and rough terrain.

Servants Asker hired were people that didn’t have hometowns and families. People were sent to dispose of the servants immediately if they showed even a slightest suspicious behavior.

Asker: (I’ll have to think of a countermeasure now that Nasod Ruler found about our family’s works. I’ll first have to dispose of the servants.)

Asker who was tiredly rubbing the middle of his forehead took off his glasses to put it down on the table then leaned his body back. Baby’s cry that was ringing across the entire mansion had already stopped.